Food style, listings for Waterloo
Frequent visitors to Borough Market probably know of the pieminister brand already since they have had a stall there for quite some time. As Weebl & Bob so aptly have pointed out in their inimitable style, “pie good“.
Pieminister are according to themselves and their “manifesto” firm believers in locally sourced natural ingredients. Making “great British food that tastes lovely” is what they are passionate about.
What started out in 2003 as a small two man band making pies for friends and festivals today delivers delicious pies to some of the best cafes, food halls and delis in the country. The shop in Gabriel’s Wharf sell the pies with a choice of vegetables, mash and gravy.
Read some of these pie names and tell me you don’t want to drop everything you are doing and go down to the Wharf straight away: minty lamb, chicken of arragon, thai chook, heidi pie, matador (chorizo and beef…), moo and blue (with stilton!)… Lovely.
In the summer Gabriel’s Wharf is a lovely place to go to have a browse through the designer shops, buy a treat and sit down among the outside tables and enjoy the sun and atmosphere. Great way to spend a relaxing lunch.
Tacking “lunchbox” on to your name implies that you are physically rather small. This is a name aptly chosen. Push three customers in here, and it gets difficult to turn around. You will in other words not find any seating space here, it is purely takeaway.
Don’t let that deter you though, when it comes to acquiring your lunch this place is a real gem.
Not sure what the other half of the name alludes to, it being very German I can only assume that the origins of this place is firmly based in leberkäse, sauerkraut and wienerschnizel, but I think those days are gone. Zeitgeist has evolved, they no longer have a German slant on their food anyway (neither is this place mentioned on the Zeitgeist web site). Shame, I love sauerkraut.
What you will find though is two to three hot dishes (menu changes daily), a salad counter, pickled gherkins, nice bread and usually some sort of pudding (like a cake or similar treat). The warm dishes seem to usually be some sort of curry or stew with rice, roast potatoes and sausages… …and the piece de resistance, always on offer: a big slab of slow roast pork with amazing crackling!
Get the pork with potatoes, or if you like me follow a food philosophy low in carbs, with the tomato salad and a gherkin. Lots of food for a mere fiver, and it will keep you full well into the after work drinks session.
Located right smack in the middle of Lower Marsh street, this is in my opinion one of the cosiest and friendliest pubs around (sorry Walrus Social, at the end of the street).
While the front looks very narrow, once inside you will find it is surprisingly roomy. Downstairs the bar and a few tables, upstairs a number of really plush and comfy leather sofas. For you book lovers out there, the comfortable seating arrangements upstairs go really well with the fact that this is an official Bookcrossing,com Crossing Zone. Seriously, there are worse places to sit and chill with a good book you just found lying around.
There is also a nice outdoor area for those sunny summer days.
Food is served all day, of the good variety too. Typical pub grub, but well done (although not the cheapest). There is always a nice homemade soup of the day, for those cold autumn evenings, but the best thing on the menu has to be their Mexican burger: beef burger covered in chilli concarne and cheddar… Just as sloppy and depraved as it sounds, it fills you up and leaves a nice stinging heat in your mouth.
Beer selection is limited, a few good bitters and the normal set of cheap lagers. They do have Budvar on bottle though, for those who are a bit more picky. Fully licensed, of course, and the drinks are not bad.
Being so conveniently located, and of such a high standard, this is a very popular place in the evenings for those after work drinks. If you come here for lunch though, you can usually get a seat quite easily.
I have seen people online calling this the adult version of the Willy Wonka chocolate factory.
While possibly a tad OTT on creative freedom, the moniker is not far off. This is heaven on Earth for the cake, pastry and coffee aficionado. Not only is coffee and edible accessories delivered to perfection, the framing of their excellent work is always pleasing to the eye and sometimes even giggle inducing. For example, I couldn’t help laughing when I saw their Ninja Slice cake. “A mind blowing experience”, as one (presumably!) happy customer put it.
Conveniently located just a coffee mug throw away from the excellent lunch pub The Kings Arms, this is a must visit after your meal. Get one of their marvellous double espressos and walk around the corner to the park behind the church opposite the IMAX and enjoy a few peaceful moments of pondering the better qualities of life. Such as sitting in a park in Waterloo with an excellent cup of coffee, pondering the better qualities of life.
Failing that, you could always think about the quote on the church wall:
All may have, if they dare try, a glorious life or grave.
That line is from a poem by George Herbert, one of this country’s greatest religious poets. Look it up, it is called “The Church Porch”. Print it, bring it to the park. Well worth a read and a ponder.
Only drawback of Konditor & Cook is that it draws more people in than cameras at a G20 rally. Persevere though, you deserve that relaxing moment in the park.
Just a short walk down the road from the Old Vic you find Waterloo bar+kitchen, a wine bar and restaurant that prides itself on serving quality food at reasonable prices. And rightly so. With a menu focusing on seasonal British dishes, you can get a proper steak, slow cooked lamb or a really nice fillet of wild sea trout cooked to perfection.
Feeling fancy today? Not keen on the ordinary lunch grub on offer? Head to Skylon, located in the Royal Festival Hall, and dine in style. With a magnificent view of the Thames and seasonal modern European food served in the beautiful dining room this is bound to make you feel glamorous (but perhaps your wallet may have a different opinon).
This gem on Lower Marsh is the natural (yes, pun intended) choice for the healthy option. With an organic and health focused approach, not only can you get some grocery shopping done with your take away, you can also choose to eat in sitting at their nice communal and well lit table to enjoy one of their excellent salads. Why not with a piece of quiche? Go on, when was the last time you had quiche… You know you want it!
I have lived in and around Elephant & Castle for years and thusly walked past this chippie so many times. Located towards the far end of Waterloo Road the red brickwork and green and gold sign is very easy to miss. When you do notice it, it doesn’t really make you think it will amount to much. Just another chippie, right?
This New York styled caff is full of old American memorabilia and all of the staff members seem to have an Italian accent. It does feel a bit like leaving London and setting foot on American soil when you enter the shop.
Yes, that is an “a” with a ring on top. Pronounced like water in French, “eau” (at least if you are from the south of Sweden, like me, who you do not want to take Swedish lessons from).
Smålands Coffee is run by Eva, an energetic woman who makes up for her short stature with a great personality and an even greater smile. As the name implies (Småland is a region in Sweden) you can find Swedish treats, sandwiches and references here served by Swedish speaking Swedish girls who will fill you up with amazingly tasty caffeine while providing excellent banter.